Explosion Damages Belle Of Washington

A Wednesday afternoon explosion at the Washington waterfront damaged a dinner cruise boat.

Firefighters say hydrogen exploded in the battery compartment of The Belle of Washington. No one was injured in the explosion that happened around 12:40 p.m.

The blast warped metal in the battery compartment, bowed the boat's floor, ripped apart doors and shattered windows. The owner says he's still accessing the damage and they're hoping to have it repaired by April, that's when their season restarts.

The 85-foot long vessel is used for dinner cruises along the Pamlico River.

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